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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Balance Evaluating Prospects With Coaching In-Season

October 06, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


Finding a balance between recruiting and coaching during a season is difficult. It has gotten more difficult for coaches to manage in recent years too. Recruiting has become a bigger deal and more year-round. Monitoring the transfer portal is a new factor. You are no longer recruiting just the current cycle but also future cycles. The Huskers hosted several targets for the game against Northwestern. The majority of the players in town were from the 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes.

High school football season in Nebraska is coming down to the wire. In-state recruiting coordinator Barrett Ruud spoke about where he is with evaluating players.

“I’ve been able to watch it as much as I can,” Ruud said. “Recruiting during the season is a grind and it’s a little bit limited, especially compared to the offseason. You try to keep up as much as you can. You kind of got to watch a little bit more highlight videos. In the offseason you can spend more time going through true game film, seeing them on a snap to snap basis. Just because of the time crunch you have to be a little bit more highlight oriented.

“You try to watch as much as you can. Just so you don’t get overwhelmed with all of a sudden you got to watch six hours of film in a day at the week. You try to keep up as much as you can.”

The Huskers are balancing things like every other school. The team was able to get caught up enough to make a new 2023 in-state offer recently. The Huskers offered Lincoln High athlete Malachi Coleman on Oct. 1. Coleman cited Ruud seeing his film when he spoke with Hail Varsity about the offer.

“I was in school when the offer happened,” Coleman said. “I was in the counselor’s office and my mom text me to go call Barrett Ruud. I called him and he talked a little bit about they sat down and loved my film. Then he told me they were going to extend the offer. That moment was just amazing. I had no words at that point.”

The Huskers appear to be finding their footing when it comes to balancing coaching the current team and recruiting this season. Coach Scott Frost hasn’t sent anyone out on the road to check out any high school games in person so far this season though. It’s not an immediately pressing issue because the 2022 class is going to be small.

We don’t know yet if this is part of a new strategy or if it’s a one-year situation. The demands on a college coach’s time can be a lot to deal with. As the season goes the on the Husker will need to stay on top of evaluating potential prospects. It’s something to keep an eye on for future classes.

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers 2023 defensive line target from Iowa Andrew Depaepe was offered by Minnesota on Tuesday night.

>> The Huskers made a new 2022 offer to JUCO defensive back Deionte Scott.

>> Malachi Coleman showed off a cool edit the Huskers did for him on Wednesday.

ICYMI

>> Illinois 2023 lineman Charles Jagusah was impressed (Premium) with the Huskers after his trip last weekend.

>> Opening night got the Nebraska women’s basketball season started off on the right foot.

>> The Hail Varsity mailbag has a wide variety of questions including a deserted island question that you can’t miss.

>> Decision making will determine the 2021-22 outlook for Nebraska basketball according to Jacob Padilla in Padding the Stats.

>> Get the latest weather update for Nebraska-Michigan from Rusty Dawkins.

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